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General Cardiology Fellowship Education

Clinical Rotations

Electrophysiology:  The goal of this rotation is to provide fellows with an introduction to arrhythmia management, device implantation indication, and device interrogation.  The rotation will consist of EP ward consultation, device interrogation, pre- and post-procedure evaluation in collaboration with the attending electrophysiologist and EP fellow. The general fellow will also have the opportunity to assist in electrophysiology procedures.

Cardiac Catheterization Lab:  Fellows rotate through the cardiac catherization laboratory at Loyola University Medical Center and VA Hines Medical Center and will learn the knowledge base and skills required to perform adult diagnostic cardiac catheterization.  General fellows will have exposure to a high volume and wide variety of cardiac procedures including complex coronary interventions, valvuloplasty, intracoronary ultrasound, atherectomy and peripheral interventions.  In addition, Loyola has a robust structural program that allows the fellows to be exposed to a number of advanced and investigational device protocols such as percutaneous valve replacement.

Echocardiography:  The goal of this rotation is to provide fellows with the ability to perform and interpret echocardiograms. Fellows perform transthoracic, transesophageal, and cardiac stress echocardiograms in collaboration with attending physicians.  Daily didactic instruction on echocardiogram interpretation is provided by echo lab faculty. 

Coronary Care Unit:  This clinical rotation provides cardiology fellows exposure to the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of acute clinical problems encountered by critically-ill patients with cardiovascular disease.   Fellows will assist in the supervision and education of a team of residents, interns, and medical students. 

Cardiology Ward Service:  This is a clinical rotation that provides fellows exposure to the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of clinical problems encountered by patients with cardiovascular disease admitted to a general cardiology medical floor.

Consultation Service:  The goal of this rotation is to expose fellows to a broad range of acute and chronic cardiovascular problems and to develop the skills vital to providing appropriate consultation to other medical services.

Advanced Heart Failure/Heart Transplant:  This rotation will include daily rounds of congestive heart failure (CHF) and heart transplant patients. Fellows will perform bedside hemodynamic monitoring and right heart catheterization under the supervision of the attending physician.  Fellows will assume an active role in therapeutic decision making for CHF and pre-and post-transplant patients and gain exposure to comprehensive management of heart transplant recipients.  Fellows will gain exposure to selection and management of VAD and/or total artificial heart patients.

Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging:  This rotation is designed to provide clinical and research training through hands-on and didactic exposure to cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and nuclear cardiology.  This training is undertaken under the direct supervision of full-time qualified level 2- and level 3-trained cardiology faculty and nuclear medicine faculty.

Outpatient Continuity Clinic: All fellows are assigned on average one half day of outpatient cardiology clinic per week divided between the outpatient cardiology clinics at Loyola University Medical Center and VA Hines Medical Center.

Research Curriculum

Research training is vital to preparing fellows for a well-rounded career rooted in the scientific method and the practice of evidence-based medicine.  With the guidance of research mentors, all fellows are expected to conduct at least one research project during their fellowship.  At the end of their fellowship, fellows will be required to present the conclusions of their research at State of the Heart/Cardiology Grand Rounds.  In addition to their research project, fellows receive didactics on core research-related topics during the weekly Research Conference/Journal Club.

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Sample General Cardiology schedule